Midland's doubleheader with Wichita on Wednesday produced mixed results, as they won the opener and then were blown out in the second game.
In the first game, Midland won the game 5-3 on the strength of Brian Sellier's three hits and three RBIs. Shortstop John McCurdy -- who has been a disappointment since he was drafted in the first round of the "Moneyball draft" of 2002 -- had a solid game, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. McCurdy has 22 XBHs on the season, but he is still hitting only .246 with a horrible .268 OBP. Reliever Steve Smyth picked up the win for the RockHounds and Marcus Gwyn notched his 8th save. The victory broke the RockHounds' 4 game losing streak.
A new losing streak began for the RockHounds in the second game, as they dropped the nightcap 8-0. They were no-hit through 6.1 innings. Starter Jimmy Serrano of Wichita threw six innings of no-hit ball, but was relieved by Mike Natale in the seventh. Natale lost the no-hitter when catcher John Baker hit a single.
Starter Shane Komine continued his season-long pattern of alternating good starts and bad starts, as he took the loss when he gave up six runs in only four innings of work. Komine's record fell to 4-5 and his ERA is now up to 4.68.
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